Estate Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is widely embraced by the justice system and legal profession.  Mediation allows the parties to “step outside” the court system to try and privately settle their dispute with the help of a neutral third party.  The hallmarks of mediation include: compromise, good faith bargaining, and a willingness to settle.

Depending on which jurisdiction legal proceedings are commenced, mediation is either mandatory or voluntary.  However, once the parties decide to mediate, they agree on a mediator, the issues to be mediated, and the time and place of the mediation.  A mediator is often a retired judge or a senior lawyer with the requisite experience.  Mediation is non-binding and a party can walk away at any time; no one can force a party to settle.  It is also completely confidential and anything said at mediation, or any settlement offer made, cannot be used against a party at a later date.

Our lawyers have collectively participated in hundreds of mediations.  They are seasoned and experienced in representing and advancing a client’s best interest at mediation.

Mediation is an important and cost effective way to resolve estate, trust and capacity disputes.  The success rate is remarkably high.

Justin de Vries as Mediator

With over twenty years of experience, Justin de Vries has participated in countless mediations with respect to a variety of disputes – disputes that seemed intractable, but were ultimately resolved at mediation.

In addition, Justin routinely acts as a mediator.  He is widely respected by his peers for his ability to resolve disputes and allow the parties to settle and move on.  You will not be disappointed.